Salt & Vinegar

By 1934, 200 million packets of crisps were sold in Britain each year, 95 percent of which were manufactured by Smith’s. Smiths was initially slow to join the flavour revolution, but eventually brought out a salt ‘n’ vinegar flavoured crisp, tested first by its Geordie subsidiary Tudor, and launched nationally in 1967. Though they didContinue reading “Salt & Vinegar”

First flavour: Cheese & Onion

The first flavoured crisp was Cheese & Onion. Ireland’s Tayto Company has probably the best claim to being first to launch cheese & onion into the crisp market. Joe “Spud” Murphy, founder of Tayto, set out to add flavour to crisps in 1954, launching cheese & onion soon afterwards. The flavoured crisps were an immediateContinue reading “First flavour: Cheese & Onion”

First commercial crisp: Salt ’n’ Shake

The first company to sell crisps commercially was The Smiths Potato Crisps Company Ltd, founded in Cricklewood, London in 1920 by Frank Smith and Jim Viney. They provided a twist of salt with their crisps, which were sold in London in greaseproof paper bags. Originally branded as Salt ’n’ Shake crisps, plain crisps with optionalContinue reading “First commercial crisp: Salt ’n’ Shake”

The original crisp: homemade ready salted

The first known reference to a food similar to the modern potato chip was in a recipe book, The Cook’s Oracle, by William Kitchiner, published in 1817. The recipe (number 104) is called “Potatoes fried in Slices or Shavings”. Sprinkled with “a very little salt”, they are the first known ready-salted crisps. Kitchiner’s book wasContinue reading “The original crisp: homemade ready salted”